The prospect of them getting back together was always unlikely, but it has taken the illness of a personal friend to coax New Order out of retirement. The band will play two shows in Brussels (Ancienne Belgique, October 17th) and Paris (La Bataclan, 18th) to raise money for filmmaker Michael Shamberg.
“Michael [Shamberg] has been with us from the very start”, says a band comment. “Initially he was in charge of Factory New York, then became creative producer for all our early videos. He brought our attention to the early works of directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, Gina Birch, Robert Breer, Peter Care, Phillipe Decouffle, Jonathan Demme, Robert Frank, Paula Greiff, Robert Longo, Bailie Walsh & William Wegman. Michael is very ill and needs constant medical attention. We want to help him, and these shows will contribute financial support towards his ongoing care”.
Gillian Gilbert will play with the band for the first time since 2001, although Peter Hook will not take part. He will be replaced by Tom Chapman of Bad Lieutenant.